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Life cycle of your mobo

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#1
A general question, so perhaps we can expect general answers / preferences.

How long would you use your motherboard before changing/selling it off for a better and a more recent one? Suppose that you've just installed the latest...
;)
 
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Athlon xp 1600 + Gigabyte 7VTXE+ --> mobo dead after 7 years

Q6600 + Abit IP35 ---> mobo dead TONIGHT after 46 months

:-/
 

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Had my current one ever since the origional i7 came in, so whats that..... 4 years in the spring. Still a fine board.
 
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I bought a 750ftw board when they were first released(2008). Stopped using it last June when I went for crossfireX with 5870s on a EP45-UD3P. Donated the 750ftw board to JrRacinFan to fix his sister's computer just last week. Upgraded to sandy bridge last month. No idea how long I'll keep this board, I'll replace it when I have reason to replace it.
 
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My Crosshair is running since 2009:) and don't need to change in the near future.
 
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My P45 is still strong after 40 months of daily use
 

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Usually do a cpu sidegrade/upgrade every year and if it calls for a new board, that gets switched out as well.
 
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P5QPro Turbo when it came out with a core2duo 8400, just upgraded to a P8Z68 Deluxe/2600k a few months back, still have a socket 939 system at my uncles for light web browsing.
 
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Abit kt7a raid athlon xp 2100+ 11 to 12 yrs , still going strong

Abit Nf7-s XPM 2500+ @ 2.4 8 yrs and counting, still going strong

I generly don't part with my old systems. I have the first system I built in the closet and yes it still powers up and runs (k62- 550 mhz)
 
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I still have a p3 rig( 500mhz oc to 667mhz) still going strong windows xp,i have it since ~2000 so call it 12 years i also a athlon xp 2600 or someting still doing his job right
 
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I've had my Gigabyte X58 for about 2 years now, prior I had an Evga X58 for about a year.

I plan on keep these until late 2012 or the next batch, but my 970 is pulling so strong with an SSD I just dont see a reason to upgrade it.
 
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Out of all my systems I have built I have only had 1 motherboard failure. That was a Nf7-s board that took a dump 2 days after I got it. So I promptly returned for the replacement board I still have running.
 

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#13
As for me, when I see the value of my mobo's reselling price falls below 10$ (or 10£) I'd most probably consider to replacing it with a fairly more recent one but not necessarily the latest.

Do you change mobo (along with other parts) subject to your gaming requirements??
 
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I also had 2 evga 780i boards , life cycle 2hours:p
 

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I usually get a decent system and after about 6 months I get tired of it and sell it. Then I use scrap computers for a couple of months before realizing I actually need something better. So I get a decent system again which I sell 6 months later.

But this motherboard I've now had for like 6 months so I think I'm breaking the cycle here.
 
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i change about every 6 months or so, by that time i get bored, sell my current stuff, get something else
 

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#17
How long would you use your motherboard before changing/selling it off for a better and a more recent one? Suppose that you've just installed the latest...
;)
Unless the mobo dies, which has only happened 3 times. twice with an old MSI Platinum Neo2 and once with a Biostar Tpower i45.

provided the board is still functioning after 2-3years. my PC usually gets parted out and sold off to friends or put up on ebay to recoup some cash after building a new rig.

If i cant sell the parts the i will see if i can donate them to a good cause
 
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#18
Usually buy a decent mid-high board to begin with and keep that for a few years till the socket isnt used anymore and has no upgrade paths left.
 
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i have used my board for several years, and i replace not only the board but the processor too
i plan to get any socket 2011 when its wide spread, but so far im happy with my X4
 

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I bought my board so I can future proof my machine (to a degree) namely CFX/Ivy bridge/Z68 chipset for Intel Smart Response (no need to reinstall windows)... should last a few years....
 
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#21
My current motherboard has seen two CPUs, an i7-920 and the current one, still rocking after 3 years (bought it some days after release)

I generally use my motherboard until the life cycle of the socket has come to an end, so it's time to upgrade to LGA2011 :)
 
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#22
Abit x38 quad GT mobo plus Q6600 lasted 5 years and went out in flames great pair im sorry i killed em but i cant, Not tweek:)
 
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#23
I trade/sell all my components from time to time but this mobo has been with me for at least 1 1/2 years...(wow this is the only component that went so far)
It has seen on an X3 720BE,an X4 965BE and recently 1090T...looking for 990FX-UD3 and FX8120 lately
 

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#24
While we can see quite clearly that there are groups where people prefer to use their components until either completely worn out or goes out of date, and also salvage the part(s) after 9-12 months of use for better and latest parts.

I don't play much games so I don't change parts as frequent unless it's the game that I really want to so badly and it makes my system looks old and haggard. lol!

Thanks guys for your responses!
 
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